Integrating Reflection in Study Abroad

Friday, January 24, 2020
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


This workshop reports on reflection projects that students used during study abroad experiences. In one project (languages) students used technology to understand and reflect on their linguistic landscape at home and abroad (padlet, 360º cameras). In the other project, sustainability and differences between different environmental biomes are highlighted.

Students use the three pillars of sustainability (people, place, and profit) to address deep issues of environmental impact (i.e, fair trade, social justice). The goal of the projects was to promote and illustrate a deeper engagement with the culture, to reflect on learning, and to engage students in critical thinking. Participants will think about ways they can incorporate reflection into study abroad experiences.


This workshop counts as an elective toward the Integrative and Experiential Learning certificate.


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Joe Jones
Research Associate Professor
Environmental Health Sciences
Faculty Principal, Green Quad

Past Director of the UofSC Genomics facility, Joe Jones's research has focussed on  conservation genetics, genetic connectivity, and  genetics of rare populations (especially in fish and plankton); molecular phylogenetics and ecology, microbial ecology, natural history, and technology development.  As the Faculty Principal of Green Quad, his most recent work connects this expertise to undergraduate and graduate hands-on learning experiences in aquaponics and heritage landrace propogation.

Lara Lomicka
Professor of French and Applied Linguistics
Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Lara Lomicka Anderson (PhD, Penn State) is Professor of French and Applied Linguistics at the University of South Carolina where she served as the Graduate Director and Director of Teacher Education. She currently serves as the Faculty Principal of Preston Residential College and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in French and in language education. She is the Past President of CALICO and current President of NFMLTAand AAUSC. She has published in numerous journals and has edited 2 books: Teaching with Technology (Heinle/Cengage 2004) and The Next Generation: Social Networking and Online Collaboration in Foreign Language Learning (2009 published by CALICO). She also served as software review editor for the CALICO Journal, and the Technology Commission Co-Chair for AATF. She was honored (ACTFL, November 2008) with the Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology for her work in technology and in 2011 she was recognized as a Chevalier dans l'ordre des palmes academiques.